Commodity Investing
Intelligent Commodity Investing: New Strategies and Practical Insights for Informed Decision Making

Authors: Edited by Hilary Till and Joseph Eagleeye
Editions: Risk Books
Pages: 350 pages
Date: March 2007
With the booming interest in commodity investment – as investors seek alternatives to more traditional investments – there is a growing demand for up-to-date investment information. This book provides timely and intelligent insights from a broad range of institutional investors, consultants, hedge funds, commodity index providers, risk managers as well as research from academia.

This is the only multi-contributor book on commodity investment offering a breadth of opinions for sophisticated investors. It looks at commodity investment from the following perspectives:
  • The Investor
  • The Active Manager
  • The Commodity Index Provider
  • The Risk Manager
  • The Researcher
The size of the global commodities derivatives market is now estimated to be around $750 billion. This growth is evident by the increased investment in commodity indexes and the growth of commodity hedge funds. Further evidence of growth is also seen in the increasing size of natural-resources mutual funds. China and other fast-growing countries are snapping up raw materials at a pace that, at times, is faster than mines and oil wells can produce them.

In response to the rapid growth in the market, this timely publication will bring you up to speed on the trends and challenges of commodity investment, providing you with a practical investment framework.

Recommended reading for hedge fund managers, pension fund consultants, mutual fund portfolio managers, endowment chief investment officers, futures traders, family office investors, commodity trading advisers, brokers, dealers and MBA students researching this important subject.

About the Editors:

Hilary Till is a co-founder of Premia Capital Management, LLC. She is also a principal of Premia Risk Consultancy, Inc., which advises investment firms on derivatives strategies and risk management policy. In addition, Hilary is an Advisory Board member of the Tellus Natural Resources Fund, a fund of hedge funds; and is a Research Associate at EDHEC-Risk Institute. Before co-founding Premia Capital, she was the Chief of Derivatives Strategies at Putnam Investments and prior to this position was a quantitative analyst at Harvard Management Company. She has a B.A. with General Honors in Statistics from the University of Chicago and an M.Sc. degree in Statistics from the London School of Economics (LSE). She studied at the LSE under a private fellowship administered by the Fulbright Commission.

Joseph Eagleeye is a co-founder of Premia Capital Management, LLC. Premia Capital uses statistical techniques to identify pockets of predictability in the commodity futures markets; risk management is a key part of the firm’s investment process. Before co-founding Premia Capital, Joseph was a senior derivatives strategist at Putnam Investments. While at Putnam, he researched, back-tested and implemented systematic, relative-value derivatives strategies, which spanned the bond and commodity markets, as well as co-managing Putnam's institutional commodity programme. Prior to joining Putnam Investments, Joseph developed trading applications for Morgan Stanley’s Equity Division and proprietary computer models for an urban economics consulting firm. He has also advised investment firms on hedging strategies, benchmark construction, index-replication strategies, and risk management. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from Yale University and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

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